Etudes Gradebook 1.0 Released!

The Etudes team is pleased to announce the release of Etudes Gradebook 1.0!

The new gradebook will be the default in all Summer and Fall 2015 course sites.  

For a brief overview of Etudes Gradebook 1.0, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PavwD01dVLc

Feature highlights include the following, prioritized based on input received by Etudes users:

  • Ability to grade by weighted categories (%) and create custom categories (i.e. essays, labs, etc.). Ability to adjust the weights at any point in the term.
  • Ability to align assessments to weighted categories and elect to distribute weights by points or equally.
  • Ability to define the labels of your categories (i.e. change “Assignments” to “Essays”) and organize them in a custom order. Your default order is what students will see in their view of the gradebook.
  • Ability to benefit from categories, without touching at all any of the previously-mentioned features! :-)
  • Drop any number of low scores from any category (i.e. quizzes, assignments, etc.). Includes the ability to un-drop low scores from any category at any point.
  • Ability to boost overall grades by a certain point value or a percentage. Includes the ability to remove the grade booster.
  • Better handling of extra credit. You can now move assessments to the extra credit category in the gradebook, and Etudes will include the extra points (or weight) for the extra credit submissions only to students who did them.
  • Complete grade summary for each student. Individual student summary lists all assessments by category, and overall grade and points earned by each student. (exportable to CSV)
  • Ease of viewing class grades – by single student or by category.
  • Ability to see the point value of each assessment, as well as open and due dates from the gradebook.
  • Show grades by section – for overall grades, assignment grades, or all assessment grades.
  • Export grades by section – for an assessment, a specific student, all assessment grades or for overall grades.
  • Student view of gradebook, without having to log on as a student.
  • Ability to show overall points-to-date, with no letter attached to it (optionally).
  • Ability to see dropped or blocked students’ grades in the gradebook.

Many thanks to Murthy Tanniru and Rashmi Maheshwari for their extraordinary work in developing the Etudes gradebook. It’s been a team effort and hard work for 10-12 months. But we couldn’t have done it without your involvement in the design. Understanding clearly what you need and want helps us deliver a better product.

Many thanks go to the following 62 Etudes instructors who contributed input in the user requirements gathering process:

  1. Aaron Garner, San Joaquin Delta College
  2. Abigail Groo, Mendocino College
  3. Alice Taylor, West Los Angeles College
  4. Allison Lenkeit Meezan, Foothill College
  5. Barbara Durham, Hartnell College
  6. Bob Rennicks, San Joaquin Delta College
  7. Carolyn Brown, Foothill College
  8. Carolyn Holcroft, Foothill College
  9. Christina Heisser, Los Angeles City College
  10. Cyrus Helf, West Los Angeles College
  11. Danielle Stallings, Los Angeles City College
  12. Deborah Pansius, San Joaquin Delta College
  13. Douglas Saxon, Los Angeles Mission College
  14. Dyuti Sengupta, Foothill College
  15. Elizabeth Barkley, Foothill College
  16. Erika Szostak, West Los Angeles College
  17. Gail Amos, Los Angeles Harbor College
  18. Gina Ladinsky, Los Angeles Mission College
  19. Hilary Gomes, Foothill College
  20. James Hicks, Los Angeles Southwest College
  21. Joan Thomas-Spiegel, Los Angeles Harbor College
  22. Joe Georges, El Camino College
  23. Joseph Pak, Los Angeles City College
  24. Joyce Schenk, El Camino College
  25. Karl Peter, Etudes, Inc. / Foothill College
  26. Kathryn Maurer, Foothill College
  27. Kay Thornton, Foothill College
  28. Laura Branagan, Foothill College
  29. Lisa Beppu, East Los Angeles College
  30. Lisa Cain, West Los Angeles College
  31. Lynn C. Vogel-Zuiderweg, East Los Angeles College
  32. Lynn Hawley, San Joaquin Delta College
  33. Martin Melia, West Los Angeles College
  34. Mel Strom, Los Angeles City College
  35. Michael Kasnetsis, East Los Angeles College
  36. Michael Loceff, Foothill College
  37. Michelle Oja, Taft College
  38. Mike Hiscocks, Los Angeles Harbor College
  39. Nancy Wheat, Hartnell College
  40. Nicholas Smith, West Los Angeles College
  41. Pam McKee, Foothill College
  42. Pamela Wiese, Hartnell College
  43. Parvaneh Mohammadian, Los Angeles Mission College
  44. Parviz Entekhabi, Hartnell College
  45. Paul Greenberg, Los Angeles Harbor College
  46. Phil Reedy, San Joaquin Delta College
  47. Pimol Moth, Hartnell College
  48. Regis Smith, East Los Angeles College
  49. Riba Taylor, Mendocino College
  50. Roger Waller, San Joaquin Delta College
  51. Roy Havenhill, Los Angeles Valley College
  52. Sara Blake, El Camino College
  53. Sarah Williams, Foothill College
  54. Saul Panski, El Camino Compton Center
  55. Song Su, East Los Angeles College
  56. Stacey Wexler, Los Angeles City College
  57. Susan Shaw, Los Angeles Mission College
  58. Suzanne Floyd, West Los Angeles College
  59. Valerie Fong, Foothill College
  60. Wendy DuFour, Los Angeles Valley College
  61. William Ziegenhorn, Foothill College
  62. Zach Cembellin, Foothill College

We will be releasing updates to the Etudes gradebook regularly over the coming months and next year, implementing the rest of the desired features, and applying refinements as needed, as you begin using it.

Pending features that are coming over the next few months and next year, include (but are not limited to):

  • Ability to private message a student from the gradebook.
  • Ability to enter or adjust grades from the gradebook.
  • Ability to access a submission from the gradebook.
  • Ability to include notes by each student.
  • Grading rubrics.
  • Peer reviews.
  • Student learning outcomes reporting.
  • Turnitin integration with gradebook.

You will find our tutorials (still a work in-progress) under the “New Gradebook” section of our Help pages: http://etudes.org/help/instructors/

If you have any questions about how to use a feature of the new gradebook or experience any difficulties, please reach out to the Etudes team in the Users Group faculty support forums.

Enjoy!

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